OBITUARY

Angela Kay Key

September 17, 1944April 10, 2021
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Winnie Angela (Kay) Key passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, after fighting a courageous eight-and-a-half-month battle against pancreatic cancer.

Angela was born September 17, 1944, in Knox City, Texas, to Charles Darrell Kay and Lillian Ora (Kaigler) Kay. Until she was in the fourth grade, she lived in Rochester, Texas, where she attended Rochester Elementary. In 1954 she moved to Lubbock, where she attended Carroll Thompson Junior High School and graduated from Monterey High School in 1962. Throughout her life, her friendships ran deep. She continued to be close with her Rochester and Lubbock classmates and even attended class reunions for both. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and worked at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, New York. A couple of years later, while at a friend’s wedding, she met the love-of-her-life, Euell Dwayne Key. They married on June 18, 1966, in Lubbock, Texas. She worked for many years as a board-certified dental assistant in Lubbock, Texas, and Carbondale, Illinois.

Angela moved to Nacogdoches in 1970. She was a long-time member of Austin Heights Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was involved in many of its community outreach programs. She spent several years serving as the room mother at Raguet Elementary for both of her children. For almost 20 years, she proudly worked for Nacogdoches Independent School District, retiring from Mike Moses Intermediate School in 2003.

She served as a member and officer in the Texas PTA, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of the USA, Red Cross Volunteer, Election Judge, University Women’s Club of SFA, Nacogdoches chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (serving as Regent from 2017 to 2021), Colonial Dames, of the XVII Century, National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, and Daughters of the Confederacy. She was dedicated to working with the Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Club, whose responsibility is to maintain the Old Nacogdoches University Building.

Her love of sports fell closely behind her love of family, friends, church, and community support. From her early days in Nacogdoches, she became known as a die-hard Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks fan. Her love for “her girls” was strong. She rarely missed a home game and even attended games on the road, including traveling with the team to Mexico City in 1978. She attended her first Ladyjacks game in the mid-1970s and her last game in February of this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lillian Kay, husband of 31 years, Dwayne Key, and sister Carmen Sue (Kay) Walker. She is survived by her sister Rosemary (Kay) Corley of San Antonio; son Alan Dwayne Key, daughter-in-law, Charlene Marie (Masse) Key, and granddaughter Teigan Amy Key of Locust, North Carolina; daughter Amy Lyn (Key) Camp, son-in-law George Kenneth Camp III, step-granddaughters Sydney Lauren Camp, and Scarlett Killington Camp, step-grandson George Kenneth Camp IV, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brandon Smaglo, Dr. Matthew Katz, Dr. Cameron Gaskill, Mara Wilson, Morgan Bruno, and the rest of the medical staff at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to allow friends and family to pay their respects, there will be an open visitation at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on a yet-to-be-determined future date.

The Key family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Angela Key’s name to the charity of choice; The Old University Building c/o Federation of Women’s Clubs, P.O. Box 633113, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963; Regarding Cancer (RegardingCancer.org); or Austin Heights Baptist Church, 2806 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.

Services

  • Open Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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William Clark

April 27, 2021

Alan and Amy,
Angela and I kept up over the years as I annually sent her a note telling her telling her our "Flotilla" group memorialized Dwayne along with all the other participants who had passed on. She always thanked me for that and always asked about the "Flotilla" when I saw her at basketball games or other places. I was saddened by her passing but I know she walks with Jesus. RIP Angela.

Randy & Bette Sanders

April 19, 2021

Dear Alan & Amy
We were deeply saddened to learn of Angela's passing. When we came to Nacogdoches as newlyweds in 1974 to begin grad school and teaching, we joined Austin Heights Baptist Church and Angela and Dwayne "adopted" us into their family. That relationship endured despite the years and the miles, and at significant points our paths would cross, sometimes in ways that seemed divinely inspired. We so appreciate the love and support that Angela showed us, and we take comfort that she is now with the Lord and reunited with Dwayne. Our hearts go out to you, Alan and Amy.
Love, Randy & Bette Sanders

Joanna Cherry

April 16, 2021

Dear Amy,
Thank you for introducing your brilliant mother to your friends in the Lowcountry. What energy! What zest for life! What an inspiration! I can’t wait to have a glass of wine on the Harsta’s dock at sunset and toast to Angela.
Love you, Friend.
Joanna and Mike Cherry

Stacey Cutbirth

April 15, 2021

Your mom and dad were so kind to me while I was at SFA. They opened their home to me for Sunday lunches, a bridal shower and even came to my wedding. I know you and Alan will miss her. I will miss her and especially her fun facebook updates! Praying for your family.

Anne "Star" Kelly Keehnen

April 14, 2021

I was so very saddened to hear of Angela's death. I remember her from many years ago through Girl Scouts. I know she was involved in many many other organizations, but what she did for the girls at that time really did change lives. Every time I've seen her since then she has been involved in some worthwhile activity, but always smiling and happy to see me. I will greatly miss having her in the world with us. My deepest condolences to her all her family and friends.

Kathy Wells

April 14, 2021

What an amazing lady and a loss to all who knew her. I can honestly say I’m a better person for having known her. Thank you God for Angela.

Condolences to her family who gave her everything they could give these last few months. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us, because we know how difficult it was at times to remain strong and positive and hopeful. I pray for God’s peace for each of you as you work through the emotions of so great a loss.

Beth Withey

April 14, 2021

Angela was and is such an important influence on my life. Her cheerful, frank, kind, and generous spirit never failed. Her sense of humor was contagious. Her supportive friendship-- a blessing. I and so grateful to have known her and have memories of her to cherish. Dear Angela, thank you.

Jeanie Gresham

April 12, 2021

Angela was a blessing to all who knew her. My fondest memories of her were built during our years at Mike Moses Intermediate School. She was a force for us at the school, and she and I had many adventures there. I will never forget her or our time together.

suzy Weems

April 11, 2021

Prayers are with the family of Angela - a vivacious supporter of her children and the Ladyjacks. May the love of God bring you all peace while the support of so many friends brings you comfort!

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Biography

Winnie Angela (Kay) Key passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, after fighting a courageous eight-and-a-half-month battle against pancreatic cancer.

Angela was born September 17, 1944, in Knox City, Texas, to Charles Darrell Kay and Lillian Ora (Kaigler) Kay. Until she was in the fourth grade, she lived in Rochester, Texas, where she attended Rochester Elementary. In 1954 she moved to Lubbock, where she attended Carroll Thompson Junior High School and graduated from Monterey High School in 1962. Throughout her life, her friendships ran deep. She continued to be close with her Rochester and Lubbock classmates and even attended class reunions for both. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and worked at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, New York. A couple of years later, while at a friend’s wedding, she met the love-of-her-life, Euell Dwayne Key. They married on June 18, 1966, in Lubbock, Texas. She worked for many years as a board-certified dental assistant in Lubbock, Texas, and Carbondale, Illinois.

Angela moved to Nacogdoches in 1970. She was a long-time member of Austin Heights Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was involved in many of its community outreach programs. She spent several years serving as the room mother at Raguet Elementary for both of her children. For almost 20 years, she proudly worked for Nacogdoches Independent School District, retiring from Mike Moses Intermediate School in 2003.

She served as a member and officer in the Texas PTA, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of the USA, Red Cross Volunteer, Election Judge, University Women’s Club of SFA, Nacogdoches chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (serving as Regent from 2017 to 2021), Colonial Dames, of the XVII Century, National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, and Daughters of the Confederacy. She was dedicated to working with the Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Club, whose responsibility is to maintain the Old Nacogdoches University Building.

Her love of sports fell closely behind her love of family, friends, church, and community support. From her early days in Nacogdoches, she became known as a die-hard Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks fan. Her love for “her girls” was strong. She rarely missed a home game and even attended games on the road, including traveling with the team to Mexico City in 1978. She attended her first Ladyjacks game in the mid-1970s and her last game in February of this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lillian Kay, husband of 31 years, Dwayne Key, and sister Carmen Sue (Kay) Walker. She is survived by her sister Rosemary (Kay) Corley of San Antonio; son Alan Dwayne Key, daughter-in-law, Charlene Marie (Masse) Key, and granddaughter Teigan Amy Key of Locust, North Carolina; daughter Amy Lyn (Key) Camp, son-in-law George Kenneth Camp III, step-granddaughters Sydney Lauren Camp, and Scarlett Killington Camp, step-grandson George Kenneth Camp IV, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.